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(Read caption) This chart shows the S7P/Case-Shiller composite index for home prices since 2000. Home prices have failed to recover from the three-year plummet that began in 2007, and continue to trend steadily downward.

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The latest release of the S&P/Case-Shiller (CSI) home price indices for February reported that the non-seasonally adjusted Composite-10 price index declined 0.78% since January while the Composite-20 index declined 0.76% over the same period resulting in the lowest level seen to on the Composite-10 since April 2003 and the largest peak decline seen since the nearly six year old housing bust began in 2006.

The latest CSI data clearly indicates that the price trends are experiencing a declining trend into the typically less active summer and fall season and as I recently pointed out, the more timely and less distorted Radar Logic RPX data is continuing to capture notable falling prices driven primarily by seasonality.
The 10-city composite index declined 3.60% as compared to February 2011 while the 20-city composite declined 3.49% over the same period.

Topping the list of regional peak decliners was Las Vegas at -61.71%, Phoenix at -54.22%, Miami at -50.34%, Tampa at -47.96% and Detroit at -46.01%.
Additionally, both of the broad composite indices show significant peak declines slumping -35.08% for the 10-city national index and -35.02% for the 20-city national index on a peak comparison basis.
To better visualize today’s results use Blytic.com to view the full release.

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